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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. He is also the Chief Development Officer for the Lock Haven University Foundation. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Summer Is Time to Take a Swing
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Summer Is Time to Take a Swing
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Summer is a time for vacations, outdoor activities, family reunions, and picnics. It is also the time of year for two of my favorite passions: Baseball and golf. [Read More]
The Time Is Now to Make a Difference
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The Time Is Now to Make a Difference
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
What is wrong with us? What else is it going to take? Where have we gone wrong? We need to care. The time is now to be a difference-maker, every day, each and every one of us. [Read More]
The Wind Beneath Our Wings
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The Wind Beneath Our Wings
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
While I have been in the public eye a lot in my career, Heidi has been very happy to stay under the radar and assist in a very supportive way as long as it's been behind the scenes. But there is much more to Heidi’s story given everything else going on in her life. [Read More]
Lord Stanley's Cup, The U.S. Open, The Greatest & Mr. Hockey
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Lord Stanley's Cup, The U.S. Open, The Greatest & Mr. Hockey
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Joe Battista reflects on his blessings and good fortune, as well as the power of sports to make a positive difference in the world. [Read More]
Old Sayings Make Modern-Day Sense
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Old Sayings Make Modern-Day Sense
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
With all the rain this spring it led my family and I to a discussion about some age old sayings starting with "Save for a rainy day." [Read More]
Graduation Day in Central PA
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Graduation Day in Central PA
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On the same day he celebrated his son's graduation from Penn State, Joe Battista also celebrated the seniors of Lock Haven University where he has just begun a new role as chief development officer. [Read More]
An Anniversary Worth Remembering and Celebrating
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An Anniversary Worth Remembering and Celebrating
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I feel blessed to have been involved in the work we did to organize the ACHA because it has touched the lives of people I will never meet or know on a personal level. They are getting to represent their schools while playing the game they love. [Read More]
A 'Master-ful' Trip to Augusta
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A 'Master-ful' Trip to Augusta
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Finding himself with a second chance to attend the Masters, Joe Battista was able to experience the famed golf tournament with his golf-loving, teenaged son. [Read More]
A 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
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A 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
In Boston, Joe Battista found himself learning about success, failure and where society is headed from some of the brightest leaders and thinkers in the country at the C-Suite Network Conference. [Read More]
Never Underestimate the Power of the Human Spirit
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Never Underestimate the Power of the Human Spirit
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
During his recent travels, Joe Battista met people with powerful and inspirational stories of overcoming the odds. [Read More]
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